The Complete Brunswick & Electrola Solo 78-rpm Rec
Format: COMPACT DISC
NEY BERLIN STATE OPERA ORCHESTRA LANDESORCHESTER BERLIN HOOGSTRATEN ZAUN, ELLY NEY
German pianist Elly Ney (1882–1968) came to be regarded as one of the great Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century and her prewar recording of the Op 111 sonata must still be considered one of the very finest. That recording, and all the other solo and concerto recordings she made for Electrola before the war are included here. Particularly noteworthy are the three landmark concerto recordings, the Mozart and Beethoven vivacious and stylish, the Strauss revealing just what a virtuoso Ney could be. Though she specialized in Austro-German repertoire, another side to her art is shown in her early, almost unknown, American Brunswick acoustic recordings, reissued in this set for the first time. Here the repertoire choice is broader and lighter and there is even a stunningly articulated Debussy ‘Feux d’artifice’ – the work’s first recording.